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Da Nang to meet World Bank target

Update: August, 28/2013 - 09:17
The US$272.1 million project, of which $202.4 million will be provided by the World Bank, will help improve the city's Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) network, build new roads and revamp the drainage system.— Photo hanoimoi

DA NANG (VNS)— The People's Committee of central Da Nang City has said it will meet its deadline for a sustainable development project funded by the World Bank, according to a statement made by City Vice Chairman Nguyen Ngoc Tuan yesterday.

The US$272.1 million project, of which $202.4 million will be provided by the World Bank, will help improve the city's Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) network, build new roads and revamp the drainage system.

The fund will also aid the completion of major infrastructure sub-projects initiated under the Da Nang Priority Infrastructure Investment Project.

The project will expand access to improved drainage, waste-water collection and treatment services, the road network and public transport in selected areas of the city.

"Da Nang has invested much in urban development to make it the largest city in the central region and a ‘green city' by 2025. The sustainable project with a huge fund from the World Bank is the largest sustainable project in the city, aiming to boost socio-economic development," Tuan said.

According to analysts, the World Bank has built a strong partnerships with Da Nang City over the past decade.

"We hope that Da Nang residents will benefit from the advanced infrastructure services of a sustainable city. It will provide a ‘green model' for sustainable urban development, which will hopefully inspire similar development in other cities," said Victoria Kwakwa, the World Bank's Country Director for Viet Nam.

"The project will be very complicated, and the commitment of the city's people's committee plays an important factor to implement the project," she said.

"I hope the city will closely co-operate with our teams in carrying out the project, and the partnership will be strengthened" she said, adding that she hoped the project would help people understand the importance of public transport and change their uses of cars and motorbikes.

Director of the City Transport Dang Viet Dung said public transport and current management institutions were big challenges for the city.

"We have experienced from infrastructure projects, but we need technical support and supervision from senior teams of World Bank in public transport and urban management," Dung said.

"BRT is quite new for us with technology, management and institutions of operation."

Da Nang is Viet Nam's fourth largest city and is widely regarded by other cities for its planning, governance and infrastructure. — VNS



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